June 2016

Gulp Task Generator

A CLI generator for Gulp.js build files. Just answer the questions and away you go. View on GitHub

A command line tool that builds your gulpfile to your exact needs by asking you a series of questions. Based on what you need, it will add the dependencies, and create the gulpfile.js.

Supported Tasks

  • Jade
  • EJS
  • Less
  • Sass
  • Stylus
  • Autoprefix
  • Coffescript
  • Babel
  • Concatenation
  • Uglify
  • Sourcemaps


 $ npm install gulp-task-generator -g

now change directories to your project and run the setup

 $ gulp-task-generator

Gulp-Task-Generator will now ask you a series of questions about your project and build your gulpfile.js accordingly.

$ gulp-task-generator
------------------------------- QUESTIONS -------------------------------
? You already have a Gulpfile.js. Overwrite? Yes
? Would you like to run CSS tasks? Yes
? Which CSS pre-processor would you like to use? less
? Would you like to autoprefix your CSS? Yes
? Would you like your CSS minified? Yes
? Would you like your CSS files concatenated? Yes
? Name of your concatenated CSS file? main.css
? Where are your CSS source files? source/less
? Where do you want your compiled CSS (generated) files? build/css
? Would you like to run Javascript tasks? Yes
? Will you be using Coffeescript? Yes
? Convert ES6 to ES5? Yes
? Would you like to run JsHint on your Javascript? Yes
? Would you like to concatenate and minify your Javascript? Yes
? Name of your concatenated js file? main.js
? Where are your .coffee source files? source/coffee
? Where do you want your compiled Javascript (generated) files? build/js
? Would you like to use a template engine for HTML? Yes
? Which HTML template engine would you like to use? jade
? Where are your .jade source files? source/jade
? Where do you want your compiled HTML (generated) files? build/
------------------------- CREATING DIRS & FILES -------------------------
/source/coffee => created
/build/js => created
/source/less => created
/build/css => created
/source/jade => created
/build/ => created
gulpfile.js => created
------------------------ INSTALLING DEPENDENCIES ------------------------
> Installing the NPM packages based on your choices.

\generator-test@1.0.0 /Users/dperrymorrow/builds/generator-test
├── gulp@3.9.1
├── gulp-autoprefixer@3.1.0
├── gulp-babel@6.1.2
├── gulp-clean-css@2.0.12
├── gulp-coffee@2.3.2
├── gulp-concat@2.6.0
├── gulp-jade@1.1.0
├── gulp-jshint@2.0.1
├── gulp-less@3.1.0
├── gulp-notify@2.2.0
├── gulp-plumber@1.1.0
├── gulp-rename@1.2.2
├── gulp-sourcemaps@1.6.0
├── gulp-uglify@1.5.4
└── jshint@2.9.2

> All NPM packages have been installed.
To use your new Gulp tasks:
$ npm install -g gulp
$ gulp

The packages needed to run your gulpfile have been added to your npm package.json file as dependencies, and have been installed via npm install


$ npm install -g gulp
$ gulp


The above choices would have resulted in the following gulpfile.js

gulpfile.js created with Gulp-Task-Generator

To regenerate this file:
$ cd {this dir}
$ npm install -g gulp-task-generator
$ gulp-task-generator

"use strict";

const gulp = require('gulp');
const plumber = require('gulp-plumber');
const rename = require('gulp-rename');
const notify = require('gulp-notify');
const sourcemaps = require('gulp-sourcemaps');
const concat = require('gulp-concat');
const autoPrefixer = require('gulp-autoprefixer');
const cleanCss = require('gulp-clean-css');
const less = require('gulp-less');

const jshint = require('gulp-jshint');
const uglify = require('gulp-uglify');
const coffee = require('gulp-coffee');
const babel = require('gulp-babel');

const jade = require('gulp-jade');

gulp.task('css', () => {
      handleError: err => {
    .pipe(rename({suffix: '.min'}))
    .pipe(notify('css task finished'))

gulp.task('js', () => {
      handleError: (err) => {
    .pipe(coffee({bare: true}))
    .pipe(rename({suffix: '.min'}))
    .pipe(notify('js task finished'))

gulp.task('html', () => {
      handleError: err => {

gulp.task('default', ["js","css","html"], () => {
  gulp.watch('source/coffee/**/*.coffee', ['js']);
  gulp.watch('source/less/**/*.less', ['css']);
  gulp.watch('source/jade/**/*.jade', ['html']);

You can then invoke the tasks with $ gulp or run individual gulp tasks.

And, of course you can edit your gulpfile.js further for more customization, it is your gulpfile after all, Gulp-Generator just helps you build it.


  • fork the repo
  • npm install

To test, from a test directory,

node ../gulp-task-generator/bin/cli.js